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Succession Planning & Talent Development (SPTD) Certification

Build the talent and leadership pipeline your organization needs for sustainable future growth
Course Fee (Virtual) SGD2,395
Course Fee (In-Person) SGD2,995

Course Trainer

Ron is the former CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and CHRO of Al Raha Group, based in Riyadh. He holds certifications from HCI as Global Human Capital Strategist (GHCS), Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP).

Ron was cited by CIPD as one of the top five HR thinkers in the Middle East. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia.

Ron’s prior roles include senior HR roles with Xerox HR services, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living.

Ron’s board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI’s Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.

Ron’s work has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management, and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India, and the Middle East.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for HR practitioners who want to take a more disciplined and evidence-based approach to their organization’s succession planning and talent development efforts. Sample titles include:

HR Manager, Sr Manager

HR Director, Sr Director, VP

HR Business Partner

Professionals in Talent Management

Organizational Development Professional


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“The facilitator and the HRD team support are very good and helpful.”
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“The program was able to provide a better appreciation of my role and credibility in my expertise. Another factor that helped me is the rich experience of the other participants which supplied the wealth of information provided by Ron.”
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“A good programme for HR practitioner, experienced trainer and good coordination.”

Course Introduction

HCI believes that succession planning is an objective, intentional, and systematic effort to ensure leadership continuity by identifying and developing current and future leaders who will lead and execute the organization’s strategic priorities. In other words, it helps current leaders and HR stakeholders answer these two critical questions: Who should lead? And when?

HCI also believes that building a strong leadership pipeline requires talent that is nurtured and developed at all levels and in alignment with an organization’s business strategy. This is the best way to ensure individual readiness and support future growth.

HCI’s NEW Succession Planning & Talent Development certification program is designed to help you align your organization’s succession planning and talent development efforts with your business strategy using a practical but compelling framework to guide your team’s efforts.

What You’ll Learn

This two-day course is built around HCI’s research-based Succession Planning framework. This framework is designed to execute a succession planning process that emphasizes evidence over opinion.


If succession planning is to be effective throughout the organization, it must present solutions to talent problems that align with the organizational strategy. Organizations must be clear on what they want to achieve by investing in succession planning and how success will be measured.


Beyond the C-Suite, effective succession planning strategies take into consideration an organization’s strategic workforce plan and segment based on level and/or position. They begin building leadership pipelines at lower levels of the organization.


If the top challenge to succession planning is a reliance on gut-feel decisions, the importance of assessment cannot be overstated. In addition to evaluating skills and abilities, assessment can help organizations determine whether to build or buy critical talent.


Leadership looks different at different levels. Competency models and capability frameworks can help nurture leadership behaviors and set expectations for an individual’s growth and development over time.

What to Expect

Leave every HCI program with a free toolkit, access to additional videos and research, and a set of skills that you can use on the job immediately

Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile

Chat and interact with your facilitator and peers via WhatsApp Group available on mobile or desktop after the training course

Earn your HCI certification by attending all of the sessions, complete all classwork, and pass the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher

Attend this training and earn 13 HCI, 13 HRCI, 13 SHRM, and 12 ATD recertification credits

Course Outline

Objectives and course agenda

Align human capital strategy with business strategy
What is succession?
Purpose of succession planning
Burning platform for succession planning
Challenges to succession planning
HCI’s Succession Planning Framework

Why build a succession plan?
Alignment with organizational strategy
The current state of leadership
Setting succession and development objectives

Determining which roles to plan for
HIstoric approach to succession planning and development and where those created risks
How strategy drives selection of succession roles
Role segmentation

The business case for assessment
Determining and validating criteria for a role
Sources of info used in succession planning
How to assess
Dimensions of assessment
Integrating D&I into the assessment process
Assessing through talent review
Talent review meetings
The role of talent pools
Managing vacancies in your succession plan
Tracking talent inventory data
Assess/measure performance of your succession planning efforts
The use of technology

Trends in development
6 B’s and organizational development
The impact of organizational culture
Increasing successor readiness
Key stakeholders in the development process
Competency models/leadership capability frameworks
Career pathing
Early identification of potential future talent
Integrating with talent management
Managing change

Talent readiness is everyone’s job
Moving stakeholders from compliance to commitment
Roles and responsibilities of leaders
Action plans
The unique partnership with talent acquisition
Metrics for succession planning and talent development

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions or need help? Please feel free to get In touch with us 🙂

(65) 6980 7730

To successfully earn an HCI certification, you must:

  • Attend all of the sessions. You may be excused for a maximum of two hours of class time.
  • Participate in group discussions, complete all classwork, and submit the evaluation.
  • Pass the certification exam with a score of 80% or higher.

The multiple-choice exam (required for all certification courses) can be taken any time after attending and does not expire. The exam consists of 40-60 questions depending on the course taken.

Each certification is valid for a three-year period. Renewal is based on continuing education credits that demonstrate currency in the field. Credits may be earned by attending HCI learning programs, completing additional courses, or through outside educational activities. The accumulation of 60 credits extends the certification for three additional years. Learn more about HCI recertification here

You can register online by filling the registration form on our website. Alternatively, you can also register by email or phone.

To register by e-mail, please send the delegates name, job title, email address, company name and telephone number to or alternatively you can email the scanned copy of the completed registration form.

For more information, please call +65 69807730

All our public events are conducted in English, unless otherwise stated. English subtitle are available for some of the online courses.

The registration fee includes admission to the events, exam and cert for certification courses.

For in-person course, a comprehensive set of documentation material in both printed and digital format or only printed format for some of the course distributed at the venue, lunches and 2 refreshment breaks for in-person classes. Hotel accommodation and travel costs are not included in the registration fee; however, we do have corporate rates with the hotel venue. Email to for more information.

There is no deadline for registration. However, for some courses, sometimes we do limit the number of delegates to ensure optimum course interaction. We advise you to register as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment and to allow adequate time for our administration process. for in-person class, if you need to register on the day itself (walk-in registration), then kindly contact our customer service department at +65 69807730. If time restricts, you can go directly to the event venue, and approach our officer in charge over there. Our personnel will assist you with subject to seat availability.

Full payment must be received within seven (7) working days upon receipt of invoice or before the event date, whichever is earlier.  A LOU with company stamp is requested for those organizations that cannot make payment on time.

Payment Mode


  • Account Name: HRD Future Pte Ltd
  • Account Number: 695-207639-001
  • Beneficiary Bank: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
  • Beneficiary Bank Address: 65 Chulia Street OCBC Centre Singapore 049513
  • Swift Code: OCBCSGSG

For other currencies, we may provide you a different bank account depends on currencies. Email to for more information.


Please make all cheques payable to: HRD Future Pte. Ltd. (Appliable in Singapore Company only)     


We are using Stripe as the credit card payment gateway. Additional credit card charges per transaction are applied. Please contact our team for more details.

Can I change the name/details of the delegate(s) after registration?

Yes, a name can be changed at no additional cost. Please email providing the details of the delegate(s) you wish to replace and the details of the replacement(s). This email should include:

  • Full names, titles and positions in company
  • Company name
  • Direct telephone (for any urgent purpose)
  • Delegate’s email address (for us to send the Pre-Course Reading Material and Questionnaire)

I have registered for an event but I can no longer attend, what is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation policy can always be found in the Terms & Conditions section of your registration form. Basically, cancellations can be made if it is submitted more than 30 days prior to the event.

For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the event, you have several options:

  • You can send a replacement as we do substitution free of charge
  • If no one from your organisation can attend, formal written request for withdrawal is required and an acknowledgement sent out. If the request is done before a month of the commencement date, a credit voucher is issued to the organization to be used within 12 months of the date of issuance.

Can I get a copy of the delegate list prior to the event?

We do not disclose delegate list prior to the event taking place. A list of participants will be available at the event only.

Can I get a copy of the course materials prior to the event for self-study?

Yes for some of the courses. However since we always update course materials closer to the event date to ensure all data is most updated, we are only able to provide course materials approximately one week before the event dates. A full payment is requested in order to receive the course material in advance.

What is the dress code for the event?

Most of our delegates who attend our courses prefer to wear business/ smart casual clothing. No shorts please. You can also bring optional formal clothing for your personal dinner or networking functions.

Who should I inform about my dietary requirements?

We will email you the event details letter approximately two weeks before the day of the events. You can highlight any special dietary requirements by reply the email.

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